Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Length: 211 pages
Release Date: November 2013
Marriage is completely over-rated, especially after Reese Templeton’s quadratic failure. She’d rather settle down to a solitary life of owning a bakery—after she tracks down the man responsible for her husband’s death and making her a human Taser full of enough electricity to short out a city block or send a man into cardiac arrest with just one kiss.
But alluring P.I. Griffin Chase is stirring up those feelings of need again. Only this time, her desire to be in his arms has nothing to do with her fear of loneliness and everything to do with the current charging through her body every time he looks at her…touches her.
Griffin hasn’t remained at Reese’s side just because of the spark that has nothing to do with her super-human talents. He’s willing to compromise his rock-solid principles so she can find closure. But before they can move on, he must help her catch her late husband’s killer, staying on track before she has a chance to exact her revenge. Because leading Reese to jail in handcuffs may just break his heart for the final time.
Griff smiled, and Reese’s stomach did a whole flippin’ somersault.
“I had meetings at the office in Boston and was headed back to DC. I thought I’d stop in and see how you’re doing.”
She grabbed a towel to wipe off her ice-cream-sticky hands. “Crestview is not on the way to DC from Boston.”
He shrugged and pointed at the butter croissants in the bakery display case. “Close enough.”
With a pair of tongs, she selected the biggest croissant and put it on a plate. “Coffee?”
“Of course.” He leaned against the counter and folded his arms. “You have anything for me to check out?”
She shook her head. “Not at the moment.”
“What about him?” He jerked his head toward the sidewalk outside, where Andrew Laine stood talking to the couple who owned the hardware store. “He giving you any trouble?”
“Not anymore. I told him I was married.”
She cursed herself as soon as the words were out of her mouth. Griff’s gray-blue eyes darkened, his rock-solid chin tightening. He’d obviously meant “trouble” because of Reese breaking the law, not because the chief of police had asked her out.
“You’re not thinking—”
“No!” She grabbed the towel again and swept it over the few crumbs and coffee drips on the counter, scrubbing vigorously at one dried spot. “I didn’t want to shove him too far away, that’s all. As long as he had an interest, I could keep track of what he knew.” Even if it kept her on edge and fried her equipment. “Anyway, he knows now. It’s fine. You don’t have to worry.”
“You pay me to worry.”
That wasn’t strictly true. Griff was co-owner of a multi-city private detective firm. He ran Chase Investigations in Washington, DC, where Reese had lived before the plane crash. Reese had hired him to help her track down clues about whoever had tried to kill her. But they’d become friends. He’d helped her through physical therapy, been a sounding board while she dealt with her new reality, and was the only person on earth who knew what that lightning strike had done to her body.
“I’m paying you to do research,” she reminded him. “You choose to worry.”
He grinned and shook back his shaggy dark-blond hair. “You make it hard not to.”
Another group came in, and he retreated to a table with his breakfast. Reese saw Kimmie eyeing him, and the young woman flushed at his greeting. Reese couldn’t blame her. He had the classic “hunk” build, with a broad chest, narrow waist, and shoulders shown off by a tight gray T-shirt. His gray-blue eyes were nothing special at first glance, but they sparkled at everyone and made his charming smile even brighter. No doubt that smile was what pinned Kimmie in place now, wearing a slightly stunned expression.
Reese wasn’t immune, but her friendship with Griff had become one of the most important things in her life. It was something she’d never had before, and she was going to treasure it as long as it lasted.
A Peek Behind the Curtain
I wanted to wrap up the tour for A Kiss of Revenge by dragging out some people who deserve recognition. It’s kind of unfair for the author to get all the attention. We’re just one member of a team of talented professionals who make the magic happen. So indulge me, please, while I pull back the curtain a little and let you applaud the handiwork of those who toil behind it.
I’ll start with the person responsible for what you see first—the cover. The cover artist for A Kiss of Revenge (and, I believe, all of the recent Ignite books) is Fiona Jayde. I was so excited when I saw my cover the first time. Yeah, Griff has a perfectly shaped torso with just the right amount of muscle. And his mouth is also just right—full and soft but projecting that “I will kiss you blind” ability we want from all of our heroes.
But this cover has so much more going for it! The lighting, the background, all aesthetically pleasing. Then there’s the title. High contrast, and very eye-catching as a thumbnail, which of course is vital for an e-book. The black lettering and reversed keyword make you stop to look; Griff makes you click for more. What geeks me out the most is the attention to detail. Look at my name. It’s not just dappled yellow-and-white. It’s got blood spatter. Only a hint, but OMG, what happens in this book?! Right?!
So everyone, please applaud Fiona Jayde and her awesome artwork.
Okay, next is the master, the senior editor, Nina Bruhns. Many of you know Nina for her own incredible, bestselling books. But she is just as incredible as an editor. Nina knows how to tell what’s wrong with a story and how to fix it—but she gives the author full control so a compromise can be found that maintains the author’s vision but makes everything better. Pacing, making the characters more sympathetic, streamlining the chaff (weird mixed metaphor there, I know, sorry LOL)…all of that comes from Nina. She also has a great hand for tweaking sentences to make them flow.
So far behind the scenes that I’m not even sure who they are: the QA reader, the copyeditor, and the proofreader. The QA reader goes through and says “huh?” a lot. By the time the editor and I have gone through the book a few times, we know it too well. We remember the stuff that’s not there anymore, and can’t really see what’s out of order or confusing. The QA helps me fix those things. Then the copyeditor finds errors and inconsistencies, and the proofreader adjusts commas and extra or missing spaces and typos and stuff. Seriously, folks, if you find a mistake, it is NOT for lack of effort.
I owe huge thanks to Nina and the rest of the editorial team for helping make this book what it is. The line’s editorial director and managing editor keep everything on track so when the book is done (on time!) it actually gets out there where you can buy it.
And finally, there’s the publicity team. Kym and Tracee and Florence work overtime to spread the word about our books, and all the Ignite and other Entangled authors are incredibly supportive and enthusiastic. I know this book wouldn’t be a success without all of them.
Oh, wait. Did I say finally? What I MEANT was “saving the most important for last.” You guys. The readers. The bloggers and reviewers and fans and booklovers who make it possible for an author like me to have a career. YOU deserve more applause than anyone. Thank you!
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Natalie J. Damschroder is an award-winning author of contemporary and paranormal romance—Love with a Shot of Adrenaline. She sold her first book in 1999, and 2014 will see the publication of her 15th novel. She grew up in Massachusetts and loves the New England Patriots more than anything. (Except her family. And writing and reading. And popcorn.) When she’s not writing, revising, proofreading, or promoting her work, she does freelance editing and works part time as a chiropractic assistant. She and her husband have two daughters she’s dubbed “the anti-teenagers,” one of whom is also a novelist. (The other one prefers math. Smart kid. Practical.) You can learn more about her and her books at www.nataliedamschroder.com.